Happy Days

The weekend is here again. Today started off in a totally smashing way with an egg on toast from happy, free-ranging, organically fed chookie birds. A friend came round yesterday with a baker’s clutch ( a new phrase I’ve just coined and  unashamedly based upon a ‘Baker’s Dozen’ for rolls of bread). In case you don’t know, a ‘Baker’s Dozen’ means thirteen bread rolls. My ‘Baker’s Clutch’ means seven eggs and not six. That was a lovely surprise AND she’d also brought some home made cheese scones which we’ll be snacking on later with some mature vintage cheese.

Anyway, the cabinets got finished and look a treat. They will be our bedside cabinets by this evening. What do you think?


I also did some cooking and had a big pressure cooker full of lentil soup, sub-titled ‘Useful Soup for Benevolent Purposes’. This turn of phrase popped up on the Great British Bake Off – the history bit. Apparently, it was one of the original Mrs Beeton recipes in her collection ‘Mrs Beeton’s Book of Household Management’, the rest having been appropriated from a variety of sources.

Another nice Victorian turn of phrase popped up in the Salvage Hunters with Drew Pritchard. Again, with a foody theme. While scrambling over piles of old furniture and stored boxes he was slightly concerned that an old toilet could give way under his weight and he might lose his ‘Gentlemans’ Vegetables’ – how’s that for a lovely old euphemism?

Sewing Machine Bits

And more antiquities. I was given an old Singer Sewing machine with treadle table. In full working order, as well. It had one previous owner, a seamstress all her life who used this one machine. She lived to the grand old age of 100 and was only four months or so shy of her 101st. The machine is well-used and very well looked after.

It included the original instruction book which was full of really useful bits of information such as how to use the feet (they’re all there including a ruffler foot). It looks like an old ration book and is dated 1928 so was manufactured between the two world wars. It would have been a wonderful handbook for the sewist, he/she not having Google and You Tube available at the click of a finger like we have. Aren’t we lucky?

Isn’t it wonderful? Lots of hints, tips and detailed instructions with diagrams. Just so well thought through and organised. Some of the language used shows its age as well – for example, one of the instructions refers to a diagram with the words ‘as shewn’.

Newey’s Sewing Aids

Then there was this charming and truly lovely little book. It is comprised of several pages: hooks and eyes, snap fasteners, needles, needle threaders, etc.

Each set has a corresponding page detailing how to sew them on.

It even includes embroidery stitches for decorative purposes.

Naturally, the needles and pins have gone rusty with time but you can see what a lovely bit of kit this would have been. And what a lovely present to give to a sewist!

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